Scott MacIntyre — Recording Artist, American Idol FinalistScott MacIntyre has come a long way. From his early days as a classical concert pianist to capturing the hearts of millions of American Idol viewers with his engaging presence and vocal prowess, he has never let challenges keep him from achieving his dreams. Having performed with such noteable acts as Michael W Smith, Jeremy Camp, and The Band Perry, he has traveled the globe inspiring audiences with his music and story. MacIntyre’s latest project, Lighthouse, boasts incredible songwriting, vocal aptitude, and inspiring testimony that could make even the most wary of listeners hopeful. Produced by MacIntyre, Matt Bronleewe (Jars of Clay, Natalie Imbruglia), and Kyle Lee (Michael W. Smith, TobyMac), Lighthouse offers eleven strong tunes which speak of faith, hope, love, and the power of a transformed life for Christ. Included are the first single “Fifty Second Chances” and two tracks featuring fellow Idol alumni Danny Gokey and Skylar Laine. Blind from birth, MacIntyre’s journey of faith has been anything but easy. At nineteen years old, he was diagnosed with stage-four kidney failure. After a year on dialysis, his college piano teacher’s wife donated her kidney to MacIntyre and saved his life. It was less than a year later that he auditioned for American Idol. In 2014, just a few days before the release of Lighthouse, MacIntyre shared with the world his need for a second kidney transplant. Through prayer and the sharing of his story, that kidney came in the spring of 2015, when a young woman heard his story on the radio and decided to give the gift of life. MacIntyre had his second successful transplant in the summer of 2015. As an author and in-demand key-note speaker, MacIntyre has shared his story with corporations, health care and education institutions, non-profits, and churches across North America and beyond. In his autobiographical book By Faith, Not By Sight he writes about how he learned to face his fears and trust God’s plan for his life, even in the midst of incredible adversity. The book was recently translated and re-published in Indonesian.
Jefferson Bethke — YouTube Sensation, Author of It's Not What You Think: Why Christianity is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You DieJefferson Bethke is a millennial who gets why his generation is leaving religion behind. Christianity, he explains, is a bounced cheque for his generation. It hasn’t delivered what it promised. But Jefferson isn’t walking away from the faith, instead, he’s pointing his peers back to the beautiful truths of a Jewish rabbi who lived two thousand years ago. Jefferson is a spoken-word artist who shot to YouTube fame with a provocative video -- “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” – which has almost 30 million views to date. He continues to bring truth to the people with his YouTube videos (more than 100 videos totalling 62 million views), speaking around the world and a New York Times best-selling book under his belt - Jesus > Religion. His latest book, It’s Not What You Think challenges the status quo of contemporary Christianity with the world-changing message Jesus actually lived. “One of the scariest questions we have to ask ourselves is: what if we aren’t seeing Jesus properly? What implication does that have for our lives? What if Jesus isn’t who we think?” writes Bethke. “When we step back into the world Jesus experienced, the stories of the New Testament shift from black & white to vibrant color.”
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Dawn Bennett — Divorce Attorney, Family Law (Today's topic: Top 10 Things Divorced or Divorcing Couples Do To Ruin Christmas!)Whether you've been married for 25 years or one year, divorce is never easy. Dividing your belongings and finances, sorting out custody of children and support payments is a stressful and complicated process. It can be overwhelming when your marriage breaks down, but the fact is that people of faith end up divorcing and unfortunately, many feel a sense of rejection from their place of worship rather than support and healing. When the painful decision to divorce has been made, it's important to have someone that really knows the law but also understands your personal & spiritual needs. Dawn Bennett is a Family Lawyer who appreciates that divorce is a reality, and there are many in need of legal council.
Alex The InternFor the last few months, we have had one of the best interns we've ever had, working hard as our Social Media Intern. Alex has patiently endured all the in-studio nonsense (and smells) as well as all the “spiritual/religious” nonsense. You see, Alex grew up in an Orthodox Christian house but has since become agnostic. Since this is Alex's second last show with us, we thought we'd ask her what her experience was like having to sit through 4 hours of “spiritual” radio each week and then post about all our guests on our social media. We know she loved the interview with The High Priest Of The Church Of Satan, but who else made an impact on her, and why? What actually makes sense to 20-somethings who have given up on religion?
TDMS 7 Weeks of Christmas
From now until Christmas, Drew is proud to present to you 7 different charities over 7 weeks. Hopefully his personal endorsement will help you get your 'give on'! — Please consider partnering with at least one of these charities this Christmas. PLEASE?TODAY'S CHARITY: Yonge Street Mission
Imagine your child going back to school after Christmas. She has no stories to share of your celebrations because there weren’t any. She is isolated. Her friends tease her. You feel devastated. You’re mystified by Christmas and Canada. For the many people who are served at The Yonge Street Mission, this is all too often the reality of Christmas. You can help change that. You can help The Yonge Street Mission make Christmas meaningful for families. You can help each family member belong and feel welcomed. More than 900 families experience the joy of sharing through The Yonge Street Mission’s Christmas Toy Market. And more than 700 families are able to prepare a special feast thanks to our Christmas Food Market. Go to ysm.ca/donate. Or call 416 929-9614. That’s 416 929-9614. Or ysm.ca/donate. Thank you for helping the Yonge Street Mission share love at Christmas.
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Today's Recording Artist: Liam TitcombCHECK THIS VIDEO OUT!
When singer/songwriter Liam Titcomb was 13, performing at the Bamboo Club in Toronto, a Sony Music exec took note of his vocals and ease on stage and offered him a development deal. Liam had grown up backstage at festivals with his singer/songwriter dad, Brent. He signed to Sony when he was 15. Now 26, Liam is a seasoned and respected musician and writer. Even before the release of his first album (age 17) he was touring across Canada with established acts like Tom Cochrane, Great Big Sea, David Usher, Colin James, and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings etc. In 2003, he contributed the song "War" to the benefit album Peace Songs (along with Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney) in support of War Child’s humanitarian programs.This album earned gold status in Canada. Still a staunch supporter, in 2009 he fundraised for War Child by busking coast to coast – 99 shows in 60 days. Reporting on air to the CBC his weekly adventures, Liam proudly raised and donated well over $50,000. In support of his latest album “CICADA”, Liam has completed 2 Canadian cross-country tours which saw him opening for Colin James in world-class venues like; the National Arts Centre and Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium as well as headlining many of his own shows. Liam also opened for Jann Arden at Massey Hall with his new material. Recently he had the huge honor of playing for and singing with Joni Mitchell at her Birthday Tribute in Massy Hall alongside Rufus Wainright and Kathleen Edwards.
“We have a community here in Toronto of singer-songwriters trying to break out of the mold and go somewhere... Occasionally I'll spot one who's really good... and the one who comes to mind right now is Liam Titcomb. You'll have to check that one out.” ~ Gordon Lightfoot
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